AN eager beaver group put Thornbury and Yate MP Steve Webb through his paces when he was invited to answer their questions about making the world a fairer place.

Emily Fairman, leader of the 2nd Alveston Beavers, said the youngsters had produced posters on the theme of fairness. They were interested in issues such as inequality in the world and wanted to know who made the rules on matters such as trade which countries had to follow.

During his visit, Mr Webb described the work of an MP, explained what Parliament did and fielded questions on a range of local, national and international topics.

Afterwards he said: “I was very impressed with this Beaver group, who clearly have a very strong social conscience.

"They listened carefully and asked lots of searching questions - it was much more daunting than facing questions in the House of Commons."

Emily said: "We have been exploring issues surrounding fairness and unfairness in the world and decided we all have a responsibility for the world we live in and the future we want to have.

"So we invited our local MP to talk with the group about their concerns and thoughts. It was a really good session, I know the Beavers got a lot out of it and I was proud of them all."